Gorgeous all original Aussie Pogue in superb condition. Comes on its original Stelux bracelet and just serviced with new glass. Click here for Instagram post about the watch. Please feel free to ask any questions by contacting us here
All original except for crystal which was replaced at service. These watches are referred to as the 'Pogue' after Colonel William Pogue who wore his own personal 6139 on NASA's Skylab 4 mission in 1973, the third and final mission to the United States’ first space station. Although the 6139 was never formally approved for mission use, Pogue stated that his operated flawlessly during his time in space where he used it to time engine burns. Pogue said that as he had been using his Seiko during training for up to year before the mission launched, (they weren't issued their Omega Speedmasters until very late in training) and had grown familiar with the Seiko, he decided to bring it as his trusted timepiece without seeking official approval from NASA.
The 'Aussie Pogue' variant was produced for the Oceania/SE Asia/Australian market and distributed by the Thong Sia Co. who also appear to have added their own Stelux bracelets before selling the watches. The day wheel is English/Roman, it is believed that Seiko (or possibly Thong Sia) introduced the Roman day wheel making it more universal and thereby negating the need for various languages needing individual day wheels.
Click here to read a GQ piece about this iconic watch
Manufactured by the Suwa factory in July 1972 and just serviced (November 2020) so movement is freshly lubricated, clean and free of any deterioration. Keeping amazing vintage time. Automatic chronograph with a single thirty minute register at 6 o’clock and internal rotating bezel with tachymetre scale, operated via the crown. Chrono functions all working as they should, buttons click nice and firmly and it resets perfectly to zero. Day/Date functions working correctly by pushing in the crown lightly for day and more firmly for date. Cosmetically in excellent condition. Dial near perfect and hands are near NOS with the lume in particularly fine condition.
Movement: Original, SEIKO Suwa 6139B - Great condition, screw heads are in unmarked condition. Fully serviced November 2020, test worn for 24 hours & keeping chronometer grade time during inspection. Please see photo of watch on timegraher for readings, accuracy shown cannot be guaranteed but +/- 10 s/d is our benchmark for serviced watches. Day/date turn over at midnight & quickset works as it should. Not guaranteed water resistant.
Serviced with fresh pusher and crown gaskets but not guaranteed waterproof
Dial: Yellow, in truly superb condition, lume on indices close to mint
Day/Date at 3 o'clock Day in English and Roman, features the classic Sunday in red
Glass: Unmarked, replaced at service (original available on request)
Hands: Original. Hour and minute hands are close to mint with very little discoloration to the lume
Case: Original, unpolished stainless steel, minor age related wear. One tiny ding on bottom right lug and one tiny mark near the 100 mark of outer bezel. Caseback is in great shape with serial number and reference numbers still clearly legible
Beat Rate: 21,600bph
Diameter: Approx. 41mm
Lug width: 19mm
Band: Original Stelux bracelet (some age related stretch), original clasp, will fit up to a 20.5cm wrist.
Crown: Original, well fitted
Year and location of manufacture - July 1972 - Serial No.274510 - Japan SEIKO Suwa Factory